Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy song)
|Single by Thin Lizzy|
|from the album Thunder and Lightning|
|Released||4 February 1983|
|Format||7", 7" double pack, 12"|
|Writer(s)||John Sykes, Phil Lynott|
|Producer(s)||Thin Lizzy & Chris Tsangarides|
"Cold Sweat" is a song by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, and is the fifth track on their final studio album Thunder and Lightning. It was co-written by guitarist John Sykes and Phil Lynott, and became the biggest single from the album, entering the UK charts at No. 27, and peaking at No. 23 in Ireland.
The song is known for Sykes's guitar solo, which features a tapping playing style that was becoming popular at the time of the album's release, though also used at the time by players such as Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads.
Recording and promotion
"Cold Sweat" was recorded as one of the last songs on the Thunder and Lightning album. Thin Lizzy had already written all the other material that was required, and by the time Sykes joined the band, it only remained to record the songs. He recalled, "Because I hadn't contributed anything at this stage I just let go with an outline of what was to become "Cold Sweat"; all of that was made up there and then in the studio."
Producer Chris Tsangarides was surprised that the song was chosen as a single: "It was a bit heavy, even for them." Thin Lizzy were asked to perform the song on the British TV show Top of the Pops, but were deselected after Lynott argued with a stage manager.
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- Phil Lynott – bass guitar, lead vocals
- Scott Gorham – lead guitar
- John Sykes – lead guitar
- Brian Downey – drums
- Darren Wharton – keyboards